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Opinion: Why aren’t we in a rage that Arizona gets a D+ in education?

| December 14, 2016
Opinion: Why aren’t we in a rage that Arizona gets a D+ in education?

What would you do if your child brought home a report card with a D+? Scream, yell, throw a fit?

So why aren’t we in a rage that Arizona gets a D+ in education, rating 45th of 50 states according to Education Week’s Quality Counts annual publication. Since 2008, education spending per pupil in Arizona declined by 17.5 percent, the third-largest cut in the country, due in part to terminating full-day kindergarten.

So where will we get the funding for full-day kindergarten?

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Fighting to regulate full-day kindergarten in Arizona

| November 2, 2016
Fighting to regulate full-day kindergarten in Arizona

Marissa Chavez’s kindergarten students often play teacher, taking turns pointing to an alphabet card while the other students sit cross-legged on the floor.

“M-m-m-m-m,” they chant, sounding out the 13th letter of the alphabet.

“It looks like they’re playing, but they’re not,” Chavez said. By the end of the school year, Chavez said, these English-language learners should speak English fluently.

Chavez, a teacher at Bret R. Tarver Elementary School, said that is likely to happen because her 25 kindergarten students are in class for 6 1/2-hours a day, or full-day kindergarten. The optional program is much longer than the state-required half-day kindergarten, which amounts to 2 1/2 hours in the classroom.

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Gov. Ducey pressured to fund full-day kindergarten across Arizona. Please see related stories

| October 26, 2016
Gov. Ducey pressured to fund full-day kindergarten across Arizona. Please see related stories

A coalition of business, education and political leaders hopes to build support to reinstate state-funded full-day kindergarten across Arizona, a move that would pressure Gov. Doug Ducey to include it in his budget.

But the governor, while saying he supports the concept, is unwilling at this point to say he’ll actually make a spending priority of what could cost more than $200 million a year.

“Early literacy is critical to improving third grade reading proficiency, and there is proof all-day K is a determiner of early literacy,” gubernatorial press aide Daniel Scarpinato said Monday.

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Leaders say full-day kindergarten is key to early literacy

| October 12, 2016
Leaders say full-day kindergarten is key to early literacy

On the heels of a new national report on the value of full-day kindergarten and the states that offer and fund it, Arizona leaders have renewed calls for increased focus and funding on what some have called “the new first grade” for its increased rigor, especially in reading.
Arizona political, business and education leaders say early literacy is key to increasing high school graduation rates, postsecondary attainment and developing a skilled workforce, and providing full-day kindergarten is the way to do that.
Many, including Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona State University President Michael Crow and superintendents from both large and small Arizona school districts, expressed their views at the “Power of K: Full-day Kindergarten’s Impact on Literacy Breakfast” in Phoenix on Sept. 20.

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